Council to encourage public participation in policy-making

By AFIQ AZIZ / Pic By RAZAK GHAZALI

THE Communications and Multimedia Ministry (KKMM) is expected to form a communications and multimedia consulting council, which would play a mediatory role for the public to be more involved in the ministry’s policy-making process.

Its Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah (picture) said the council will help KKMM spur the public’s intellectual discourse, which is part of the ministry’s new direction.

“Public intellectualism is the meaning of the vision in this ministry which is to create a society that is connected, informative and creative that could also spur digital culture,” he said in a statement after clocking in at the ministry’s headquarters yesterday.

Saifuddin said the council is expected to involve relevant stakeholders including participation from corporate citizens, as well as members of the public.

Saifuddin said the setting up of the council is in line with the government’s aim to instil peace in Malaysia’s diverse society, while developing a strong knowledge-base culture.

He added that the intangibility of the economy has forced the world to be dependent on innovations, information and inter-connectivity that are centralised on a very wide electronic network.

Saifudin said the new government will also keep the policies and programmes initiated by the previous administration which are already ongoing or at the planning stage to ensure the continuity of services delivered to the people.

He added that media freedom would also be upheld in the new administration. “We will also be focusing on efforts to spur access, opportunity and digital dividend for all walks of life,” he said.